Issue #393

This week - China bans AI-generated media without watermarks; base editing cured girl's cancer; why does AI lie and what can we do about it; the robots of Fukushima; and more!


Artificial Intelligence

China bans AI-generated media without watermarks

China's Cyberspace Administration ruled that any AI-generated content (voice, image, video, text, etc.) must be clearly labelled as such. The new rules will take effect on January 10th 2023.

AI Film Festival

AI Film Festival is the first-ever film festival for movies created with AI. To qualify for the festival, movies need to be between one and 10 minutes in length and “feature AI-generated content and/or AI-powered editing techniques.”. The festival is scheduled to happen in February next year.

▶️ Why Does AI Lie, and What Can We Do About It? (9:23)

With the recent hype around ChatGPT and other large language models, one might ask how do we make sure language models tell the truth? Robert Miles is here to explore how those AIs work and to answer this question.

AI learns to write computer code in ‘stunning’ advance

AlphaCode is an AI from DeepMind that can turn text into working code. This new AI solved about 34% of assigned problems and outperformed 45.7% of human programmers in an online coding competition.

Robotics

▶️ Worlds hardest jigsaw vs. puzzle machine (all white) (21:59)

Some people challenge themselves to solve all white jigsaws. And then there are people like this guy who built a robot to do solve the puzzle.

▶️ The Fukushima Robots (15:57)

One of the applications of robots is to send them into environments too dangerous for humans. A meltdown nuclear reactor is one such environment. This video takes a closer look at robots that were sent to inspect and clean up damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima.

Flocks of assembler robots show potential for making larger structures

Researchers from MIT have created a swarm of small robots that can connect to each other and build a bigger, more complex robot. As an example, they showed how one such robot can build its own copy from smaller robots.

Tesla: Full Self-Driving Not Launching Is a ‘Failure’ But Not a Fraud

Back in September, a Tesla customer filed a lawsuit against the electric automaker, claiming that it defrauded customers by overstating the capabilities and timeline of its Full Self-Driving software. Tesla has denied these claims in court, and has recently filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit against it under the grounds that a failure to meet its long-term goals wasn't fraud—just a failure.

▶️ Tesla Self Driving vs Everyday Roads! (23:17)

Elon Musk promised that by now, we would have fully autonomous Tesla cars capable of travelling across the US without any human input. That did not happen. Marques Brownlee shows how Tesla's Full Self Driving actually works in this uninterrupted video of his daily ride from home to the studio. There is a lot going on there.

Biotechnology

Base editing: Revolutionary therapy clears girl's incurable cancer

A teenage girl's incurable cancer has been cleared from her body in the first use of base editing. The large team of doctors and scientists used this tool to engineer a new type of T-cell that was capable of hunting down and killing cancerous T-cells.

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